Texas Teachers Hold Protest

Posted on August 7, 2017 in Education Public Education Public Education Systems Teachers Protest Texans for Public Education

The public education systems across the United States are very complicated systems. The public school systems are tasked with educating students to ensure they are able to advance to higher education and be valuable members of society. While teachers and school officials have a very hard job in doing this, they often are not provided with the resources that are necessary to do the job right. This past week, hundreds of teachers in the State of Texas marched in protest of the current state’s education system (http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/07/19/texas-teachers-rally-to-support-public-education).

Outside of the capital building in Austin, TX, hundreds of teachers were wearing matching red shirts in protest of current and proposed laws that will impact the public education system. At the same time, there were a number of planes flying by holding banners that were also supporting the protest. The people that were in attendance included current teachers, retired educators, concerned parents, and even active students.

The protestors were concerned about a number of different issues that are being discussed at the state level today. These include standardized testing, the use of school vouchers, poor funding for schools, and even lack of teacher pay raises. The organization that led the rally was the Texans for Public Education, a non-profit organization that lobbies at the state capital in hopes of improving the state education system.

The founder of the organization, who was also present during the rally, stated that another concern was how much political affiliation was going to impact political votes. He believed that all members of the state governing body needed to hear the voices of the protestors before casting a vote on any major decision. It is expected that the state will have a new set of rules, laws, and budgets in the next few weeks that could impact the state system as a whole.

Teachers in Texas Show Their Support for Public Education

Posted on August 6, 2017 in Education Public Education

Teachers in Texas recently participated in a public education rally. They were joined by parents, students as well as their retired colleagues on the steps of the Texas Capital. The goal of the rally was to inform the public about issues affecting public education in the state. These problems include unfunded teacher pay raises, standardized testing, insufficient public education funds as well as school vouchers.

The rally attracted teachers belonging to different teacher associations. All the associations present signed a letter to the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, and Joe Straus, the Speaker of the House. The letter was meant to seek corporation from the government on matters concerning education. Texans for Public Education rates political leaders based on their education stance. The founder of the association, Troy Reynolds, said that he won’t allow party affiliation to get in the way of the democratic rights of teachers. He also asked the audience to vote leaders who support public education.

In Texas, students are required to pass a standardized test to qualify for a high school diploma. During the public school rally, the speakers and protestors denounced the standardized testing system. Also, they expressed their dissatisfaction for STAAR testing results. Many parents and teachers asserted that the Texas Education Agency doesn’t provide accurate results. The agency deceives the public with “clever psychometrics.”

Vouchers are just like coupons. Parents can use them to enroll their kids in their desired schools. However, some parents aren’t happy with the way school vouchers are handled. Mara Laviola, one of the parents at the rally, shared her opinion on voucher schemes. She doesn’t support public school vouchers because most children with disabilities don’t benefit from them. The majority of these kids attend private learning institutions, so they can’t use the vouchers. Laviola suggested that all children in Texas should be given equal opportunities.

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Madison Street Capital – Reputed Financial Advisory Services in the United States with Branches Worldwide

Posted on August 3, 2017 in Investing Investment Banking

Madison Street Capital is among the premier financial advisory services in the world that offer top notch services to middle market and large scale companies across the globe (http://madisonstreetcapital.org/). Madison Street Capital helps the companies gain insight of the market movements and accordingly make smart investments that help reap greater rewards in the future. One of the primary focus of Madison Street Capital is to help its clients get access to credit in this competitive market.

 

The company is also known to help its clients with significant corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Over the years, Madison Street Capital has helped many firms achieve their investment goals and make tremendous progress in their respective sectors through smart investments and systematically increasing the valuation of the company. Learn more: http://www.gcreport.com/madison-street-capitals-impressive-path-top-notch-reputation/

 

Recently, the company provided support to the firm called Vital Care to gain access to the much-needed credit for growth and expansion. Vital Care is one of the oldest companies in the medical field in the United States, manufacturing sterile medical supplies, and it needed a commercial loan that Madison Street facilitated to improve its production base. MSC has also been named as the finalist in the M&A Advisor Awards. With years of experience in the finance industry, the company has an expert pool of financial advisors who understand the financial market accurately and can provide financial services that align well with the business. Madison Street Capital Reputation is also known to provide complete backbone support for any merger and acquisition deals, regardless of the scale of the deal. Learn more: http://creditorweekly.com/index.php/2017/06/23/madison-street-capital-maintains-distressed-industry-reputation/

 

In January 2017, MSC won the Turnaround Award as well that showcases the company’s ability to restructure the client’s finance and business from scratch (http://www.pr.com/press-release/720024). MSC is also known to help customers with audit and accounting, IPO, financial services, valuation analysis, and more. Even though the focus of the company is middle market companies, there are many large scale companies as well that seek the company’s services. The company has been on an expansion drive in the last few years and has been opening up offices across the globe to attract new clients.

 

The headquarters of MSC is in Chicago and has regional offices in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and North America as well. With time, the service portfolio of the company has been increasing rapidly, and the company is also looking for collaboration with the local partners overseas to penetrate the domestic market more aggressively. The international reputation of the company has been growing rapidly in the last few years. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmbzaVSuCmU

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Orange Coast College Hosts Corpse Plant Event

Posted on August 1, 2017 in Higher Education

This week tons and tons of people are said to be attracted to Orange Coast College campus. The attention is said to be brought on by a rare and smelly flower that is expected to bloom. The rare flower is said to have a corpse-like smell. On Wednesday, June 28 the Amorphophallus titanum plant (corpse flower) will be on display for the public at the school’s administration building from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Visitors will be allowed to stay until 10 p.m. once the flower starts to bloom. The plant has been at Costa Mesta college since 2006 and has gained the nickname Little Dougie. The plant currently weighs 30 pounds and is close to being five feet tall. It is said that a corpse flower can weigh up to 200 pounds.

 

The plant originally comes from the Idonesian Island of Sumatra. The plants horrible order is caused when beetles pollinate the flower. Its name was given to the flower because of the way that it smells like something that is dead. Once the flower begins to open it will start to produce magenta petals. For the plant to produce its first bloom it takes nearly a decade. After the plants first bloom it can than bloom every three to five years.

 

There is said to be around 1,000 guests that visited Orange Coast College, in 2014, to get a peak at their 11 year old corpse flower named Little John. When visitors come to Orange Coast College to see the plant bloom they are encouraged to give a $3 donation. There has been a webcam set up for all visitors that want to see the plant but don’t want to see it.

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Baho Food has Been Purchased by OSI Group

Posted on July 31, 2017 in Food Industry Food Processing

One of the world’s largest, innovative food solutions company, OSI Group, has recently purchased Baho Food. Baho Food is a private company found all throughout Europe. They mostly handle convenient foods and snacks. Managing director of Baho Food, John Balvers, remains with the company, only now these two powerful forces will work together, expand their influence, and have a greater amount of customers.

OSI Group has a stellar reputation across the globe. They offer a variety of services that involve customizing the processing of foods. Research and development is an integral part of the process, along with high standards of food safety and quality. They have the capabilities of processing food from frozen to raw. Their influence continues to increase and along with their expansion, they are able to offer even more of a variety of foods, as well as gaining more partnerships.

OSI Group already has some of the greatest alliances with suppliers around the world. By aligning themselves with the best suppliers, they are then able to provide the best products for their customers.

Dedicated to quality, OSI is able to work with its customers in offering the best product, at the lowest price, without sacrificing any quality. Whether it’s a breakfast food or dinner, they are able to customize in a way that delivers the best taste and individuality.

Innovation and dedication are no strangers to OSI Industries. It is because of all these reasons that OSI Group is considered to be one of American’s Top 100 Food Companies. The future for this company remains bright. Always versatile and ready to step up to the challenge, OSI Group will certainly remain tops in the future.

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Speakers John Holt and Others

Posted on July 30, 2017 in Mortgage Banking

Event

Speakers John Holt and several others were present in last year’s Texas Bankers’ Association Annual Conference, and this time, the action happened in beautiful New Orleans. The event lasted no more than a day but felt like a few minutes at maximum as most attendees were presented with life-changing information and strategies on the current banking world and its duplex needs; at the same time, they report enjoying every minute of it and can only further await the next annual event with the greatest anticipation. Furthermore, Holt discussed many modern topics that have still not been brought to the table and thus far and opened many eyes to the possibilities, as well as the pitfalls, that currently weave in and out of modern bankers’ society as a greater whole.

 

Issues

These issues were discussed with a special focus on Texas; it was, after all, the Texas Bankers’ Association. So Holt and others saw it relevant to discuss all matters from a unique perspective – how they relate to Texan bankers, what they can do about it, the current state of Texas banking and more. Overall, all in attendance reported full satisfaction in having attended and shared their point of view, not to mention having better well equipped to return to Texas and face the challenges ahead.

 

Nexbank

Nexbank is an FDIC licensed company. It’s an Equal Housing Lender as well. Therefore, it will never discriminate on the basis of gender, age, socioeconomic status, race, religion, skin color or personal viewpoints and will offer its full banking and mortgage services to all who reside near the Dallas area. Nexbank holds two other convenient locations surrounding Dallas as well and may be reached online through Nexbank.com. There, you may also contact a representative using the messaging system or chat support system.

 

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Susan McGala’s Take on Creating More Opportunties for Women in Business

Posted on July 26, 2017 in Business Leader

It’s hard to believe that in our open minded and modern society gender diversity is still an issue in business. Diversity in general is usually a good thing when it comes to business. Gender diverse and ethnically diverse companies statistically outperform those that are not. With that being said, there is still a low amount of companies that have female leadership. Businesswomen like Susan McGalla are few and far between.

McGalla hopes to change this fact sooner than later. She has been advocating for more women to hold prominent positions within organizations for years. She is at the forefront for the push for more female leaders.

Although there are many networks and initiatives dedicated to supporting women leaders no real change has been made. Business is still heavily dominated by men. McGala believes the answer to this discrimination does not lie with women leadership initiatives but with women in business supporting each other. she believes that in this day and age the divide between women in business is holding the gender back as a whole. She strongly believes that it is the responsibility of women in power like herself to find executive sponsorship to help create more opportunities for women.

She believes this solution in the long run can greatly affect and even finally break the cycle of gender discrimination within organizations. Sponsors would recommend women highly invested in their careers to lead projects. If this Becomes a new trend in business it has a great chance of producing more women leaders like Susan McGala.

Susan McGala

Susan McGala is a well accomplished American Businesswoman and female leader. She has held several leadership positions within a variety of companies. She is the former president of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. McGala is the current Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Susan McGala has been able to dominate in an industry where people of her gender are often looked over. She is able to do so because she fully embraces being both a woman and a leader.

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Sujit Choudhry’s Role at the Center for Constitutional Transitions

Posted on in Expert Legal Advisor

Sujit Choudhry is an attorney and the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. He formed this organization to mobilize and develop platforms for the development of knowledge to support constitution building. Sujit has a vast experience in writing and amending laws. Therefore, he built the Center for Constitutional Transitions using the knowledge he had previously acquired.

A preview of Sujit’s interview with CEOCFO

Sujit was an immigrant who against all the odds made his mission to study. He holds three degrees from different universities, including Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard. Sujit acknowledges his parents and the individuals behind his successes. Having studied in three different countries also made him study constitutions from these countries. Sujit considers himself a scholar experienced in the field of comparative constitutional law. He is a global attorney who understands the need of involving people at the grassroots level. Sujit in an interview with CEOCFO said that given unlimited time and resources, he would like to host constitutional law cases across the globe.  More of Sujit’s point of view on activistpost.com.

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit’s mastery of comparative constitutional law and politics are recognized worldwide. He has worked for a variety of countries, including Nepal, Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, and Ukraine as an advisor. Sujit is skilled in research, public policy, and analysis. He has held various positions throughout his career, including at the University of Toronto as an associate professor. Check this on blogs.law.nyu.edu.  During his tenure at this faculty, Sujit became the Scholl chairperson, a position he held for five years. He has also worked as the professor of law at the esteemed New York University. Sujit Choudhry currently serves as a Michael Heyman Professor of law at the renowned University of California.

Additional article to read here.

Sujit also works as the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. This institution collaborates with a variety of professionals in more than 25 countries. The Center for Constitutional Transitions also works in collaboration with other stakeholders, including think tanks, multilateral organizations, and NGO’s. Sujit has authored various book chapters, reports, and articles. These include The Migration Constitutional Ideas, Constitution Making, The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution and the International Society of Public Law. Sujit is also an editor and serves on the board of Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law and the Indian Constitutional Law Review.  For Sujit’s service and contact info, hit bizjournals.com.

Have an in-depth look at Sujit’s profile, visit his website at http://sujitchoudhry.com/

 

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Where Kate Hudson’s Fabletics is Distancing Themselves from Amazon

Posted on July 25, 2017 in Fashion

When another clothing company starts to compare themselves to Amazon, it usually ends in the same way each time. These companies do not realize that Amazon is a leader in the fashion e-commerce market for a reason, having sold 20 percent of all the clothing in this competitive niche year after year. Kate Hudson’s Fabletics is that company that plans to distance themselves from Amazon in a good way, by racking up more sales that the giant in the women’s clothing market. Looking at sales in the last three years, it might surprise many to see that Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has already brought in $250 million in workout apparel for women.

 

Hudson will gladly tell you that she can credit the ultimate success of her athleisure brand to a few sales techniques. Her unique twist on reverse showrooming and numerous membership perks are the foundation this company is built on, and things like high-quality, low prices, and a celebrity name just complement the obvious. Take a drive to the mall and you are going to see that the Fabletics stores are always full of happy customers that are enjoying their time in the stores. These women are shopping for yoga pants, leggings, and tank tops without pressure from any sales associates. These women are window-shopping, browsing the newest active-wear arrivals, taking the Fabletics lifestyle quiz, and trying on all the clothing in the store.

 

Here is where the sales numbers really begin to rack up for Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, at the online storefront. When you visit the Fabletics stores at the mall and try on all the clothing, because you are a member, each piece gets uploaded to your online account. Now that your choices are already in your cart, you can continue to shop without having to worry about size concerns. This means you have a much bigger inventory to shop online, and these women are buying on impulse and stuffing their carts with more active-wear than they would have purchased at sites like eBay or Amazon.

 

Kate Hudson’s Fabletics is making major waves in the fashion e-commerce market by offering customers membership perks unlike they are used to receiving at other clothing stores. Loyal Fabletics customers get their online orders shipped for free, they receive discounts on the workout clothing, and they have a shopping assistant working to select one piece each month based on lifestyle quiz answers.

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Marc Sparks—Risk-Taker In and Out of Business

Posted on July 24, 2017 in Private Equity Firm

**UPDATE  7/24**

Marc Sparks Uses His Companies to Empower Startups

When it comes to entrepreneurship and the skills involved, Marc Sparks has been a leading role model. Marc is a serial entrepreneur hailing from Texas Dallas. He is fondly applauded for his commitment to mentoring new as well as seasoned entrepreneurs. Marc has been able to make a name for himself in the industry of business. Throughout his career in business, Marc has developed excellent strategies that business professionals can implement to have successful ventures. Entrepreneur Marc Sparks is an adorable figure to emulate in business. Having been in charge of an auto insurance company as well as multiple restaurants that include startups, Marc has been trusted with the ability to strengthen business that needs to acquire a stellar reputation. Marc understands the importance of high-notch customer service to clients. According to him, it is a fundamental element to consider when starting a business. When offering advice on how to stay in business for a long time, Marc states that it is vital to maintaining composure even when dealing with complex cases that involve clients. Marc is open to the idea of changing several lives in the state.

Contribution

According to the morning edition of USA, Marc Sparks has established an institution that serves as the agency that bridges the gap between clients and business owners. On Tuesday, the organization, through the management made a special announcement concerning its new role in the market as a business facilitator. Marketing Sparks is a new program that offers entrepreneurs an interactive session with experts. The intensive training program provides insight into different developmental structures for business start-ups. The primary objective of these intense sessions at Marketing Sparks is providing communication channels for development ideas. These courses give entrepreneurs the opportunity to work with highly skilled individuals with the aim of making favorable decisions in business. The three-hour sessions offer diplomatic channels for development.

Objective

Marc’s passion is building firms. He often does this through generating ideas that other people find it difficult to construct. Marc maintains multiple portfolios in his companies. Through his private equity firms like Timber Creek Capital, he has been able to take an ideal stand in generating business ideas. Not only does he generate the ideas but also ensure that the approach is adopted and established in business. To make sure that the business idea is compelling, Marc tests the idea in one of his firms. This is the safest way of ensuring that the business idea is viable. With the same business ideas, he sets short-term as well as long-term goals. This is in order to evaluate the performance of the business based on his ideas. According to Sparks, it is easy to publish a book on the business ideas for interested parties to read. This is how he has been instrumental in business development.

 

**UPDATE 6/16**

Marc Sparks Explores Better Working Environments And Wineries

A business environment and local wineries may not seem like traditional bedfellows, but Dallas, Texas based entrepreneur Marc Sparks has recently set out to explain why both of these subjects attract him. Sparks has over 30 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and investment specialist, and is also well known as a devotee of local wineries in the Dallas area; Sparks is in a strong position to discuss how the wine industry has changed in recent years as he grew 16 acres of grapes to develop his own blended red wine a number of years ago.

Sparks has noticed a number of boutique and startup wineries springing up in the Dallas area that are making their own wines and making Texas a popular destination for those who wish to tour wineries for fun and to expand their knowledge. Not only does Marc Sparks grow his own grapes at his East Texas ranch, but he has also become a well known visitor to many wineries in Texas where he enjoys walking the trails through the vines before setting out to taste many of the different wines on offer from local wineries run by both individuals and families.

It is amazing to think Marc Sparks has the time to set out on any tours of wineries as he has recently been undergoing a change to his offices, that has seen him allow his space to be completely redesigned in an open and more comfortable manner; Sparks believes his office space will allow the startups coming to his Timber Creek Capital LP company to engage in collaboration of the highest quality. Sparks has redesigned his office space with his clients in mind as up to three new business entrepreneurs can use the space at any single time; collaboration is key to bringing fresh ideas to a range of industries that Marc Sparks and his employees look to aid on a regular basis.

Marc Sparks, the author of the best selling book, “They Can’t Eat You”, believes it is important to work in a bright and comfortable space that aids creativity and focus; the major supporter of The Samaritan Inn homeless shelter explains too many startups fail simply by choosing the wrong space for their business that does not aid the creativity and excellent choices he feels are important in achieving continued success.

 

Mediocre School Performance Fails to Predict. Marc Sparks graduated from high school 42 years ago with a C+ average. He developed an acumen for business development that demonstrates the incongruity of grades predicting future success. Sparks has built Timber Creek Capital LP, his Dallas private equity firm, using a simple strategy: Seek fresh product ideas that are hard to develop, and then find an efficient way to produce them.

In the process, a company and culture establish short-term and long-term goals defining success. Fear of failure does not enter the Sparks entrepreneurial development equation. His focus is always on the product endpoint, developing a strategy to reach that point of success.

New Enterprises. Marc Sparks assists business developers in generating start-up cash. Before production begins, a model of business operation must be developed, and then resources to flesh out the model comes. In the case of Timber Creek Capital LP, companies are invited into the company’s facilities and their ideas given a chance to grow. “As a … student of what it takes to succeed in this world, I have found that a quality, conducive and collaborative work environment is no less than 25% of the overall ingredients necessary to succeed,”

Sparks notes. Perception and success are birthed in a “positive” facility environment allowing fostering of collaboration and output. This process of nurture and performance has been repeated for 35 years. Combining access to mentors, facilities, funding, marketing, etc., develops success. Sparks seeks “to help entrepreneurs build their dream and companies to critical mass through my experience.”

Venture Capitalists and Outsider Focus. Sparks is a venture capitalist. Venture capitalists seek profit-generating unique innovation. Product demand argues for additional company funding to access more profit for investors.

The catch is for the company seeking more funds to demonstrate that new funds will build the company. Presentation of business concept, strategy for implementation, and assurance that the investment will bring success relies on presentation. Sparks develops new enterprises by fostering preparation, presentation, and fulfillment of product “dreams” for investors.

Work Beyond. Sparks understands risk and fulfillment. His understanding of risk involves people, and his interest in activities beyond the business world involves commitment to them, e.g., support of youth to obtain graduation from high school, the home-stressed via hands-on activities in building homes with Habitat for Humanity, or the homeless via support of The Samaritan Inn, a Dallas shelter.

His role may be defined by a quote of Jesus taken from Luke 12:48 on Sparks’ website: “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”

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